A Guide to Suburban Neighborhood in the South

There’s a sprouting suburb in the South, and you don’t know if moving there is a good move.

Vermosa is a suburban development that features active living. It’s in Cavite, and it perfectly combines residences, retail spots and business hubs in one area, which make it seem like a good place to settle down. But hold your train of thought. Did you consider what you need to know before buying a house? Do you know what kind of neighborhood will be at Vermosa?

Before setting your sights on this new development, read on to find out the standards of what makes a good neighborhood.

There are street walks.

And those streetwalkers are for walking.

Some residential communities are disorderly, so cyclists pass through pavements instead. A neighborhood with functional road walks prioritizes walking over the use of vehicles. Low-carbon communities have sidewalks wide enough for bicycles and establishments. It gives the cafés liberty to set up tables for outdoor lounging.

A spacious sidewalk also gives room to set up benches – a great feature for relaxation and people watching.


There are various transportation modes.

What a nice feeling to have when travel from work to home is a breeze. Often, an exclusive neighborhood isn’t commute-friendly and is only accessible through private vehicles. An ideal community should be available through different road networks. You can get to Vermosa via Daang Hari Road, SLEX through the MCX exit, and the upcoming Cavite Laguna Expressway (CALAX) Road – which are also the routes of public transportation. The proposed LRT 6 will pass through Daang Hari Road which makes Vermosa accessible to the bulk of passengers. The community is also less than an hour away from Makati, Manila, Muntinlupa, and Tagaytay.


There is a foundation for education.

De La Salle Santiago Zobel School (DLSZ), a member of De La Salle Philippines (DLSP), is an established educational institution in the South. It will open its second campus in Vermosa to provide quality basic and secondary education. DLSZ is also an establishment that pronounces spiritual and moral maturity through the teachings of Christ.

The DLSZ-Vermosa Campus will implement the Next Generation Blended Learning Program which will include the latest trend and innovation regarding teaching strategies and educational research.


There are high-value residences.

Property value varies greatly from one development to another. A neighborhood with quality housing options allows people with the different financial capability to lead a quiet and comfortable life. When there are lots of people are waitlisted, it is a sign that the particular neighboorhood is hot on the market.

Vermosa will have diverse living options with Ayala Land’s urban residential developers – Alveo, Avida, and Ayala Land Premier. Alveo offers upscale residences while Avida is perfect for compact city living.

Since Vermosa is a new community, most of the people in the neighborhood are homeowners. An area with high rate of homeownership is stable. Renters are mobile and flaky, so they don’t add value to the community. Long-time residents have been there all way. They watch out for their neighbors, which makes the area feel safe and secure.


There are communal facilities.


Vermosa has a total of 165 hectares of open space for wellness and recreation, training facilities, and retail shops.

There’s Vermosa Sports and Lifestyle Complex which will have an Olympic-sized pool, a 400-meter track oval, and a Sports Science laboratory that caters to all the training needs of endurance athletes. The MX Track and the Bike Skills Park offer a place to fill the need for speed and thrills for bikers.

There’s Vermosa Midtown, a pedestrian-focused, bike-friendly area with a commercial district. The Ayala Malls Vermosa will be within the limits of Midtown and will complement the active life of Vermosa by housing sports-themed retail stores.

A contemporary active living is kept alive in Vermosa with its engaging facilities for its residents. Besides these amenities, a balanced community should have a place of worship. It shows the collective and strength of the community.

There should be a hospital, police and fire station.

Safety first.

The right neighborhood adds value to the entire community, not just to the houses separately. You can check out if the community is fit for you if it has the qualities on this list besides the things that you want. Your new neighborhood should meet your standards and if you’ve found it in Vermosa, then go ahead. Enjoy the fulfilling life of active lifestyle.

Easy Hacks to Get Rid of Your Things at Home




Ok, let’ admit! We have this tendency to keep things in our possession no matter how long it is. Of course, it is our stuff, and we want to have it for as long as we want, right? It doesn’t matter what kind of things it is, we just want to keep it. For some people, getting rid of their things might be a challenge on their part since they grew fond of it.

However, if you are a kind of person who has concerns when it comes to the lifestyle that you want to live, then you better think of ways where you can get rid of it without any regrets at all. Of course, even if you are living in Amaia Homes Lipa, you can still do easy hacks to make things organized in your home.

Well, if you are one of those people who is having a hard time getting rid of his/her staff, then these tips below will give you some ideas on how to get rid of your stuff at home easily.

Limit your emotional attachment to physical things, especially if they’re bulky things.

One of the main reasons why you can easily get rid of your things at home is that you have some emotional attachment to it. Even if those particular things don’t hold any value to you at all, you still want to keep things at home. And if you can’t easily get rid of it, then. As a result, more and more things are placed at home.

However, if you know how to control yourself by limiting your emotional attachment to each of your belongings, then getting rid of it would be much easier for you to do. Yes, there might be things that hold sentimental value for you. But to those things that are not that useful to you or for your home, then you better get rid of it now.

Take photographs

If you are a kind of person who just loves to keep souvenirs even if it’s not that useful to you, then you may want to take some alternatives without taking or bringing things at home. Well, you can take some photographs or pictures of the events that happened in your life. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you should store some things at home for you to keep those memories forever. You can definitely store it in pictures.

When you do such, you don’t just keep your memories in life, you will also have much bigger space at home. Moreover, this is also one of the many ways you can organize your things in an easier way. Well, you don’t have to worry about too many furniture or things in your home. Just have some fun and take some pictures of your life experience.

Don’t hang on the past

There are just things that remind us of our memories from the past – of what and who we are before. If that particular thing holds a bad memory, then you better get rid of it. This is not the time for you to hang on the past, you have to move on by getting rid of the things that reflect on who you are before.

Basically, getting rid of the things that remind of your past is not that hard as you think it is. You just have to make sure that you get rid of that particular thing together with those bad memories that you have with that thing. Well, you will eventually realize that getting rid of it is much better than keeping it in your home.

Don’t get too wrapped up in the future either

Sometimes, we are tempted to buy things for our home even if we don’t need it at all yet. Yes, this might be an inspiration for dreaming of a home where you can have that particular furniture, but if you think that that doesn’t suit on your home just yet, then don’t buy it ahead of time. It will only add up to the things in your home.

There will also be downfalls when you buy things for future use. That particular thing may not be used for a while perhaps for some reasons. As a result, you may regret buying it without thinking if it is useful for you in your current situation or not. So, you should also not get too wrapped up in the future to avoid unwanted circumstances.

Amazing Landscape Ideas in Designing your Oddly-Shaped Backyard

Who among you here has a backyard in your home? Well, nod if you have one!  Can you determine what shape your backyard has?

For those people who just can’t determine what kind of shape their backyard has, then perhaps, it’s an oddly-shaped backyard. Not all yards have an ideal and perfect proportion that you want to have. Sometimes, it has their own and unique space that makes it more difficult for the homeowner to decide what kind of landscape they are going to have for their backyard. For this reason, it is one of the challenges most homeowners faced when it comes to designing and beautifying their home.

Although a lot of yards are uneven in some ways, however, it gives you an interesting and a variety of purposes. Well, the key to having a successful beautification on your oddly-shaped yard will always depend on what and how you are going to do with its landscape. If you can pull it off, then it might be one of your assets in your home.

Ok, let’s admit! Not all of us are good at doing the landscape, especially when we have an oddly-shaped backyard. While other homeowners can hire some professionals, others only depend on the DIYs on how they are going to design their yard. Well, fret not! Below are some ideas that you can apply to your yard. Of course, it is simple and doable!

Problem: Yards that are long and narrow

Quick tips: Divide space and conquer it with zones

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When you divide a long and narrow yard into small and distinct zones, it will create more spaces in your yard. Moreover, you can also create different zones by using visual tricks like playing around with your furniture placement, lay down an outdoor rug or put up contrasting flooring, and/or strategically position built-ins and garden beds around the space.

Try not to slice up the space using physical structures such as privacy screens and/or tall hedges; it will make the area feel even more closed-in.

Problem: Yards that have curved edges and odd angles

Quick tips: You can play and fake with it

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Most of the yards, if not all, have curves and a lot of odd angles. Of course, as I’ve said, not all yards are in perfect proportion. Well, you can definitely play with it by filling any awkward nooks and gaps along the edge of your rear garden with trees, flowers, and shrubs. With that trick, the area that you have made will have a square or rectangular space in the center of your yard. Moreover, the vibrant colors and textures of the plants that you have included in the area can add visual interest and draws attention away from the uneven spaces.

Problem: Yards that are sloped

Quick tips: You can definitely work it to your advantage

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Don’t worry when your backyard is sloped, you can still use it to your advantage. You can make and include some terraces, which serves to minimize awkward inclines and transform the slope into a more functional and friendly outdoor area. Moreover, you can also play with space by putting a concrete slide, a pull-up rope and transform it into a play area for the kids.

Problem: Yards that have awkward corners and nooks

Quick Tips: You can add a statement feature on the corners

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One of the challenges, when your yard has an awkward corner and nooks, is how and what things that you are going to include to make it nicer to look at. Well now, not anymore! You can definitely include some water features such as fountains, sculptures, planters, sand pits and garden seating nooks are perfect fillers for oddly shaped corners and crevices that you are not quite sure on what to do with it.

Moreover, whatever space filler that you choose, you have to make sure that it fills the entire space for the area to look more cozy and complete, rather than bare and unfinished.

Problem: Yards that are large and empty space

Quick tips: You can introduce an attention-grabbing accent feature

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Having a large with an empty space yard is definitely a no-no! Of course, you cannot appreciate its beauty when you don’t do something with it. Well, you can definitely add some focal point to your backyard. With that, it deflects the focus from an empty and/or awkward space. Also, you can add some design elements like a striking sculpture, a water feature, an accent wall, etc. in this cozy rear garden are guaranteed to make a big impact on its landscape design.